By Jon Gaffney
on 2.15.10

golite-roan-plateau-hoodieWhen it comes to staying warm in the winter, nothing beats goose down – end of discussion. So, with the weather in New England starting to resemble Hoth, we decided it was time to put a down jacket through its paces, Gear Patrol style. The object of our testing was the GoLite Roan Plateau Hoodie. As you might have gathered, it’s a hooded down jacket and offers features such as:

  • 800 fill goose down
  • Shock cord adjustable waist and hood
  • Stretch knit cuff liners
  • Stuff sack
  • Zip pockets
  • 100% Nylon mini ripstop fabric with DWR

When we first got hands-on with the Roan Hoodie, we were underwhelmed. Not that it wasn’t a nice jacket, it just didn’t seem revolutionary. After spending some serious time putting it through our everyday routine, however, we’re now huge fans. The Roan stood up to walking through snow storms, waiting at bus stops for long periods in said snow storms, late night dog walks, driveway shoveling, and the thorny assault of a bevy of rose bushes. What makes the Roan Hoodie worthy of your front closet is the details. The cuffs are asymmetrically cut to cover the top of your hands, the internal cuff liner is very similar to Lycra and maybe the best, most effective jacket cuff we’ve seen. The adjustability of the hood allows you to keep your head warm and wind and snow out without sacrificing your mobility. Even the ripstop nylon exceeded our expectations, withstanding both sharp objects and freezing rain with distinction. All this being said, we give the GoLite Roan Plateau Hoodie a solid thumbs up.

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